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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on $5 million in state money for scholarships based on need for students who attend private schools.

The House voted 130-7 for the budget a short time later.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on a $5 million initiative for tax credits for businesses to donate to private schools that serve low-income students.

The House could take a final vote on budget later Tuesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The House passed the bill on a 133-5 vote on Wednesday. The next step is for the House and Senate, which are both controlled by Democrats, to work out differences in the two versions of the budget measure they have approved.

The differences are minor compared to ones the two chambers have had to reconcile in recent years. After a panel of negotiators iron out their differences, the two chambers will vote again on the final bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is releasing the state's budget for the next fiscal year.

David Brinkley, the Republican governor's budget secretary, is scheduled to discuss the roughly $40 billion overall budget on Wednesday morning. The state's general fund for fiscal year 2017 is about $17.1 billion.

The plan includes a budget surplus of about $449 million, and a Rainy Day Fund of about $1.1 billion.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A top Maryland budget analyst is encouraging lawmakers to create a greater budget cushion than one included in Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget plan.

Warren Deschenaux said Monday lawmakers should aim to create a fund balance of about $100 million for the next fiscal year. He says the budget submitted by O'Malley last week has about a $30-million cushion.

That's above the state's Rainy Day Fund of about $800 million, but lawmakers and analysts always aim to have that money safely set aside without needing to be tapped.

Governor Martin O’Malley says his $37 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year would boost jobs and protect the state from the financial uncertainty of deep spending cuts being considered in Washington.

The Maryland Democrat plans to increase the state’s from 5 percent to 6 percent of the state’s $16 billion general fund.

This will result in a $153 million increase in the fund bringing it to $921 million.

All told this would leave the state with about a$1.1 billion in cash reserves to make any adjustments to any federal cuts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has ended fiscal year 2012 with nearly $230 million more than expected.

Comptroller Peter Franchot on Thursday released the final numbers for the fiscal year that ended July 1. Franchot says general fund revenues were about $14.3 billion.

The extra $230 million is on top of about $200 million in fund balance that also is available for the upcoming budget cycle.